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MY FIRST BIBLE STORIES by Christina Goodings


by Christina Goodings & illustrated by Stephen Barker

Age Range: 2 - 5

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-7459-6342-6
Publisher: Lion/Trafalgar

Eleven familiar stories from the Christian Bible are presented for a preschool audience with bright, simple illustrations and just a few sentences encapsulating each story.

The enticing cover shows Noah and his ark along with several pairs of animals, with a rainbow curving behind the title. The first two pages retell the Creation story in just five simple sentences, showing the sky, the land, the sea and Adam and Eve strategically positioned behind green bushes. Other stories include baby Moses, David and Goliath, and Daniel in the lions’ den. The life of Jesus is explained with his birth, two parables, the story of Jesus welcoming the children and a concluding spread that summarizes the crucifixion and resurrection. Each story is simplified to just the most basic characters and plot elements but retains enough meaning to serve as an introduction for the youngest listeners. Children will be drawn to the vivid illustrations done in collage style with simplified shapes and cheerful characters.

There is no other collection of Bible stories available with the combination of such simple retellings and attractive illustrations, making this an excellent starting place for younger children. (Picture book/religion. 2-5)